Research brief: SSRI does not cause birth defects

Claims that paroxetine used in pregnancy can have teratogenic effects have been rebutted by research from Germany presented at the ESHRE meeting in Prague last week. Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration warned that paroxetine use in pregnancy could increase the risk of major congenital abnormalities. But a prospective study of 119 women who had taken it during the first trimester of pregnancy and 645 who had not showed similar rates of congenital abnormalities among infants.

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